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My Expats World | The decrease in Swiss citizenship applications

Switzerland brought in a new requirement for foreigners who want to apply for citizenship. From now on, foreigners must complete a formal test of one of four national languages in order to prove to be a suitable level. It is expected that this new rule will result in  quite a dramatic decrease of applications in the first six months after becoming effective. One more indicator is simply naturalization, which allows the foreign spouses and children of Swiss citizens to receive the citizenship much easier, which has dropped by a third in the last two last years. Moreover, the number of applicants was extremely low in French-speaking regions like Geneva and Vaud. New citizenship rules This year, the Swiss government approved new regulations that made the citizenship process even more complica...

Why Valencia?

If anyone ever asks you the question, “Why Valencia?” after you’ve explained you have just relocated there, the simple answer is, “Why not?” Safely tucked away out of the hurley burley between Madrid and Barcelona, Valencia is comfortable in its own skin. And what a skin that is. Valencia is an effortlessly livable city, a haven for foodies, culture-vultures and night owls. Valencia has never looked back since it courageously diverted its avowedly flood-prone river around to its outskirts and converted the now dry riverbed into an illustrious verdant park twining its way through the city. On it, Valencia unleashed innovative architectural designs such as the futuristic Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias. Just as critical to Valencia’s enduring attractiveness to residents, visitors and expa...

Tips to survive the Spanish heat

Most us enjoy hot summer weather. Especially if we are on our vacation in Spain. But we have to be aware that it can become quite dangerous to our health if we lose a control and disregard possible risks: heatstroke, sunburns, dehydration, sunstrokes.. So, here are a few tips how to survive the Spanish heat and stay safe under the sun. Even locals use them! Protection against sunburn Even though we don’t have anything against the look of a lobster, it possibly can increase the chances of having a skin cancer at some point. So, high factor sun cream, shade, an umbrella, and a hat are the best alternatives to prevent it. By the way, it is worth knowing: SPF (Sun Protection Factor) doesn’t mean the strength of a sun cream. It is all about timing. E.g. if your skin would normally burn after 10...

AI in the Healthcare Industry

Artificial Intelligence is shaping healthcare industry for the better. Many medicine related startups implement AI in their working process to find better solutions. Which means the latest technology will help to diagnose simple and complicated diseases in the very early stages and cure them. The algorithm can recognise illnesses Cloud DX is a startup that changes the game in Toronto. Besides other healthcare related achievements in technology, the company is focused on AI to recognise the difference between cough sounds. 1,500 healthy and 750 sick people coughs were recorded in order the software could identify the difference of tuberculosis, pneumonia, upper respiratory infection and bronchitis. According to the CEO, Robert Kaul, “It’s all about making the algorithm smarter than the doct...

3 Common cooking habits that can increase toxicity in your food

Our cooking habits can negatively affect our wellbeing without even knowing it. In this article a few common cooking methods are revealed that make our food less healthy. Burned food Overcooked meals can be toxic. If the food is made at very high temperature, it is already charred. Burned food results in chemicals and byproducts that can be associated with cancer. Cooking meat on the barbecue, grill, or pan-frying it, usually is done on a very high temperature. Experts claim that temperature around 150°C is already not recommended. The burned meat contains two chemicals (heterocyclic amines and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) that are responsible for changes in our DNA that might end up in creating cancer. The first chemical is released when amino acids and creatine react to high tempera...

How is Oslo to Live in?

Any prospective expat spending a day in this vibrant city to familiarize themselves will be easily able to answer the question, How is Oslo? The answer is immediately obvious as are the reasons why Oslo, Norway’s capital and its largest city remains Europe’s fastest-growing capital. Flanked by mountains, Oslo is set in a giant amphitheatre with its feet soaking in the Oslofjord an inlet of the imposing Skagerrak Bay which thrusts all the way up to burst out into the North Sea and the sea, while its suburbs spread out and up to meld with the densely forested Marka area. Living In Oslo Oslo is a city comfortable with its past and eager to usher in its future as can be seen by its thriving museums, burgeoning foodie movement, dynamic contemporary-art scene and daringly energetic archite...

Future: no headaches of finding a parking spot

Each driver knows that miserable sensation when circling the block for the third time in a row and passionately praying for someone to leave. In most cases, finding a parking place is an odyssey nowadays, especially living in busy neighborhoods. Statistics It is counted that 30 percent of the traffic is people looking for a spot to park. And it seems things will not become easier in the future either. According to the study made by the research house Bernstein, in 2015 there were 1.1 billion of cars globally. The study reveals that the number of cars in 2025 should reach 1.5 billion. Meanwhile, the expected growth for 2040 is double – 2.0 billion of cars worldwide. The western world can breathe easier, experts claim that “most of the transport growth to happen in emerging markets like Chin...

Spotlights of Swenglish

In recent times, the English language became quite active in ordinary Swedish vocabulary. For this reason, an ongoing interaction between the two languages appeared, which led to a common term “Swenglish”.  It is usually accompanied by the local one: ”Svengelska”. This article revels how the absorption of English language affects the local one. The roots ”Svengelska” is a combination of two Swedish words svenska and engelska. The term firstly appeared in one article published in 1960. It tried to get the attention of readers to the case and make them aware about the words they use in order to prevent any possible influence on the native language. And more than 50 years later Svengelska is more progressed and lively. It became a common thing in daily communication. However, generations Y an...

What happens when we pee in the pool?

Summer joys please the heart. Who wouldn’t sign up for a relaxing day by the pool. Lying on a comfy lounger, tanning, and finally, rewarding yourself with a fresh dive into the water. But how fresh and clean will you actually be afterwards? It is a fact – people do pee in swimming pools, no matter how gross it is. And we speak not only about the public pools, where the urine level is extremely high, even professional athletes admitted to doing so. It seems like a common habit though. For this reason, it is time to talk about the health effects of pee in the pool. What should we be worried about? First of all, it is a myth that chlorine kills urine. It’s a very bad habit, more importantly, it is detrimental to human health. It wouldn’t be a case if it was a matter of a few people. But since...

2018 Opinion Survey Finds Expats Disagree With Requirements For Filing US Taxes

Greenback Expat Tax Services holds an annual survey that examines the opinions of expats from all over the world. This year, the 2018 US Expat Opinion Survey gathered responses from 3800+ US expats. Read what David McKeegan, Co-Founder of Greenback Expat Tax Services, has to share about the results. This year’s survey was different than previous years’ surveys because we departed from asking primarily tax questions. We covered the tax reform, IRS amnesty programs, thoughts on citizenship renunciation, and how expats feel about filing US taxes, but then we ventured into new topics. We asked what political issues expats believe are the most important, and which way they think issues such as healthcare, gun control, and immigration reform should be handled. The answers may surprise you. Key f...

Some mind-blowing facts about Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur, also commonly known as KL, is one of the most popular tourist destination worldwide. Not surprisingly, the city is extremely cosmopolitan and keeps expanding its growth becoming one of the most important places in Southeast Asia. For this reason, many important international events are hosted in Kuala Lumpur. Anyway, there are some fascinating facts about the city that must be revealed. Kuala Lumpur by itself is an extraordinary place, so some extra information should help us to understand how KL was shaped. The name Since Kuala Lumpur is located between two rivers, it literally signifies that: in Malay, Kuala means “Muddy” and Lumpur – “confluence”. Honestly, it is a quite ridiculous case when you are looking for the meaning. The roots The city was founde...

The “opposites attract” approach is out of date

It is time to give up on the “opposites attract” stereotype. It is fake. To achieve happiness and harmony in relationships it is recommended to look for someone like you. The basics of the former attitude Relationships can be explained as “a result of the exchange of goods and services”. This kind of interpretation comes from a stereotyped understanding that associates romantic relationships with the trade concept: partners desire different things from each other. Have you ever wondered why a young, beautiful woman is married to that old rich man? It is very simple: both of them found what they were looking for. In other words, she had something that he needed and vice versa. In addition, it is based on one-dimension demand. Probably a naïve romantic can find this reality disappointing, bu...